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NIHR Higher Education England (HEE) and Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Chairs’ report

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICA) has released a report on applications submitted to Round 2 of the ICA Personal Award Schemes (March-May 2016).

The report is a review of the Round 2 Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships, Clinical Lectureships and Senior Clinical Lectureship competitions produced by the Chairs of the ICA personal award competitions.  The report summarises common weaknesses in applications to the 2nd Round ICA competitions that were noted by the review panels and provides advice for prospective applicants.

It should be noted that one of the “useful resources” recommended to future applicants was a paper co-written by Dr Amy Whitehead from RDS South Central. Excellent work, Amy!

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Review of Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Tier 3 Funding

Monday, May 15th, 2017

RfPB competition 26, which launched in October 2014, saw the introduction of three funding tiers to provide guidance to applicants in terms of the amount of funding the programme would be willing to put towards certain types of research. The overarching message was that RfPB panels would balance the probability of a proposal achieving patient benefit against the cost requested, meaning RfPB would be willing to put more funding towards a proposal which had a clear and close trajectory to patient benefit and less funding towards a proposal which was more distant to patient benefit.

RfPB has now produced a report which identifies the types of projects funded via tier 3, and provides guidance on what the programme is expecting from its tier 3 projects.

  • Tier 1 (up to £350k) for research that has a clear and close trajectory to patient benefit, such as a definitive trial.
  • Tier 2 (up to £250k) for research proposals which are feasibility studies.
  • Tier 3 (up to £150k) for research which is on a pathway to patient benefit yet further from it

To date 21 projects have been funded under tier 3 accounting for 22% of all RfPB funded projects.

The funded projects fall into the following research types:

  • 3 systematic reviews
  • 7 developing and refining interventions
  • 1 meta-analysis
  • 1 realist synthesis
  • 1 economic evaluation
  • 6 secondary data analysis (including developing predictive models and needs assessments)
  • 2 diagnostic accuracy studies

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Wessex Health Lines: ResearchLine

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Wessex Health Lines website has launched a new function, ResearchLine, featuring an effective search tool for studies in mental health, dementia and neurological conditions across Wessex.  You can visit the webpage here. Strategic Clinical Networks exist to bring about complex change across complex pathways of care.  Wessex Health Lines will serve as a resource for individuals and organisations collaborating to improve health and care in Wessex.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’ report

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Over the coming decades, the UK population will face a wide range of complex health challenges and opportunities, many of which can only be fully addressed through strategies to secure and improve the health of the public as a whole.  The Academy’s report, Improving the health of the public by 2040, explores how to organise our research environment to generate and translate the evidence needed to underpin such strategies.

The report concludes that while public health research has provided fundamental insights into human health, there remains much we do not know about the complex array of interlinking factors that influence the health of the public, and about how to prevent and solve the many health challenges we face as a population.

Read the Academy of Medical of Sciences ‘Policy projects’ page here

Download the report here